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Robin’s Nest in Sterling... a sweet place for a cool holiday treat

Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006

 

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  Susan Gilbertson & Barbara Pennington owners of the Robin's Nest in their classic 50's Poodle Skirt attire invite you to have a retro-birthday or holiday party at their new ice cream parlor in Sterling.

Susan Gilbertson & Barbara Pennington owners of the Robin's Nest in their classic 50's Poodle Skirt attire invite you to have a retro-birthday or holiday party at their new ice cream parlor in Sterling.

The Robins may not be nesting this time of year in Alaska, but their songs are still being sung for anyone coming through the front door at the Robin’s Nest in Sterling. Also crossing the threshold of the Robin’s Nest will give you the sensation of taking a retro-step from 2006 to 1956, a time without credit cards, computers, cell phones, color TV’s or Super Bowl Sunday’s, a time when a banana split was big enough for you and your friend and you only needed a nickel for a coke. Once inside the Robin’s Nest you might find yourself recalling exactly where you were when you first heard Elvis Presley sing “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound-dog”, or who bought you your first cherry soda. If you are accompanied by someone under ten years old you might find yourself explaining how to make a call on a rotary pay phone.

 

A visit to the Robin's Nest in Sterling is a trip down memory lane.

Susan Gilbertson and Barbara Pennington, owners of the Robin’s Nest, have done a superb job of building and decorating a circa 1950’s ice cream parlor on the hill just before the Moose River bridge in Sterling. And yes! Robins really do nest there all summer long according to Susan and Barbara who will even don their favorite poodle skirts and saddle shoes if you’d like to have a special birthday party or holiday event at the Robin’s Nest. The Robin’s Nest has been scooping up double dippers, malts, and ice cream sodas, since June and was the joint idea of Barb and Susan after they purchased the property. “Everybody in Alaska likes ice cream,” says Barbara and the fifties was a time when the ice cream parlor had a special identity in the American way of life. The partners have collected memorabilia of the era from all over, “A lot of the automobile posters I took from my husband’s garage,” confessed Susan, whose sons also love to collect vintage cars.

 

The Robin's Nest in Sterling is retro 1950's with classic ice cream treats and all the trimmings.

Barb and Susan are proud of being able to offer items that taste the way they use to taste and at a price that won’t max out your credit card. “We make the old fashioned banana splits with a cherry on top, malts, chocolate sodas and all the items that made the ice cream parlors so famous,” said Susan. Anyone who would like to book a Hool-a-Hoop party for any occasion for kids or adults can call Susan or Barb at the Robin’s Nest at 262-3133. Just tell them “The Duke” sent you.



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